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Schiano: 'I'm fine with' Freeman not being voted captain

"I know one thing, Josh is going to lead," Bucs head coach Greg Schiano says of starting quarterback Josh Freeman, even though the team didn't elect him captain this year. "Josh is a leader. So I'm not concerned about that."

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"I know one thing, Josh is going to lead," Bucs head coach Greg Schiano says of starting quarterback Josh Freeman, even though the team didn't elect him captain this year. "Josh is a leader. So I'm not concerned about that."

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It doesn't concern Bucs coach Greg Schiano that quarterback Josh Freeman was not elected an offensive captain by his teammates this season. Those honors went to guard Davin Joseph and receiver Vincent Jackson this year instead of Freeman, who wore a C on his chest for the previous three seasons.

"I know one thing, Josh is going to lead," Schiano said. "Josh is a leader. So I'm not concerned about that. If you look the last two years, Davin didn't play last year. So when we voted, Davin was out for the year and the year before Vincent wasn't on the team. So those two guys are strong leaders and it just so happens Josh is on a team with other strong leaders. But I wouldn't read to that that Josh isn't a leader. To a man, I think every offensive player will tell you, 'we follow No. 5.' I think it's a good thing. I guess it all depends how you look at it. I'm fine with it."

Schiano said Freeman lost out to a pair of Pro Bowl players and strong leaders in their own right.

"I think it's a very strong group," Schiano said. "You look on offense with Davin, a Pro Bowl player and just a strong, strong personality and a strong man, very respected on this football team. And then you look at Vincent, another Pro Bowl player who, again, a work ethic that's pretty much the elite of the elite. I think it's pretty easy to see those two."

The defensive captains are tackle Gerald McCoy and safety Dashon Goldson. The special teams captain is Adam Heyward.

"It's a humbling experience," Goldson said. "It means a lot how these guys feel about me in here and respect me as a player and as a teammate as a man coming from a different organization and becoming captain."

[Last modified: Friday, September 6, 2013 2:09pm]

    

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